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Posted in: Social Security Disability on August 25th, 2011

disabilityIf you are applying for either Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income, it really helps to be aware of the actual definition of disability when it comes to getting funds from either of these programs through the Social Security Administration.  The first thing to be aware of is that Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income are different from workman’s compensation in that in order to be considered eligible for either of the programs, you have to be 100% disabled and unable to do work.  Workman’s comp (or, for the veterans, VA benefits) makes allowances for partial disability, but Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income do not.

What’s The Definition, Then?

According to SSA.gov: “Disability under Social Security is based on your inability to work.” This includes your past work (generally, work you performed for a year or longer at any time within the last 15 years) and “other work.”

In this context, “other work” refers to other jobs that you might reasonably be able to transfer your skill set over to should you become too disabled to work your original job. The Social Security Administration also requires that any condition that is considered a disability must have already lasted or be expected to last one full year, or will possibly result in death.  If all of these pieces sound like they refer to you, you may have a good case for either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income.  Understanding the definition is half of the battle – now get out there and apply!

 

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